Lucy Nalpathanchil


Lucy is WNPR's All Things Considered Host and Correspondent. She reports on news stories in the Connecticut region and contributes to National Public Radio.  

While at WNPR, her stories have focused on immigration including New Haven's controversial ID card program, efforts for an in-state tuition law for undocumented students, and the Becoming American series: stories of immigrants and the citizenship process.  In 2011, Lucy launched the Coming Home Project to tell the stories of returning Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans in transition. To learn more about the military, Lucy was chosen to take part in a week-long training for journalists hosted by the U.S Army at Fort Leavenworth, KS and Fort Leonard Woods, MO. Getting up at 3:30 am to participate in boot camp was most memorable!

Lucy has worked in several states as a public radio reporter since starting out at WDUQ in Pittsburgh. She's received awards from Pennsylvania's Golden Quill, the New York State Associated Press, the Mayor's Asian American Advisory Board in Jacksonville, Florida, the Connecticut Associated Press and the state's Society for Professional Journalists chapter.

When she's not in the newsroom, Lucy enjoys traveling, hiking around New England, and planning her next garden. She also enjoys cheering for her hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.  She lives in Middletown with her family which includes two talented dogs, Sidney and Lily.


6:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Superintendents Work on Strengthening School Emergency Plans

Photo by Chion Wolf

School leaders are talking about ways to improve school security and crisis plans after the shooting deaths at a Newtown elementary school. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports 

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Coming Home Project
5:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Suicide 'Epidemic' Among Active Duty Military and Veterans

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has called on military leaders to explore a "epidemic" of suicide among active duty servicemembers and veterans. Each day, 18 veterans kill themselves according to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. In Connecticut, 30 veterans have died this way since 2009, but those are only the suicides that the VA knows about.

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Child Health
2:35 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

A Common Virus Can Trigger Asthma in Children

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A new report on asthma finds the rate among Connecticut children rose more than seven percent between 2005 and 2010. The state health department says no one really knows what causes asthma. But WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports that a  common virus called RSV or respiratory syncytial virus may be a contributing factor.  

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1:17 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

HIV AIDS Programs Among Cuts in Malloy Deficit Plan

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

In the lead up to World Aids Day, Saturday, December 1, local advocates spent the week marking the advances made in the treatment and prevention of HIV-AIDS.

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3:08 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Work Begins on Connecticut Irish Heritage Trail

Courtesy of CTIAHS.COM

Several people are working to create an Irish Heritage Trail in Connecticut. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke to Pat Heslin. She's a member of the CT Irish American Historical Society and heading up the project after receiving a $15,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Listen to the interview by clicking the audio link on the left side of the page. 

You can learn more about the CT Irish American Historical Society and plans for the Heritage Trail here

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Connecticut Legislature
3:44 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Young Cuban-American Wins Election to Connecticut General Assembly

Art Linares, Jr

Connecticut Republicans succeeded in sending a political newcomer to the General Assembly to take over a Senate seat long held by Democrats. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports Art Linares also will be one of the state's youngest Senators.

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Campaign Season
3:37 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Voters Weigh In Before Election Day

Chion Wolf WNPR

As Election Day draws near, WNPR spoke with Connecticut residents for a week-long series, "Voices of Voters" to find out which Presidential candidate they support. 

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2:48 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Voting Will Happen With or Without Power

Photo by Chione Wolf

Local registrars held a conference call Wednesday to talk about election preparation in the wak of Hurricane Sandy. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the Secretary of the State says Election Day will go on with or without power.

Denise Merrill says as of mid-week, there are one-hundred polling sites in Connecticut Light and Power's coverage area without  So far, Merrill says CL&P has been very responsive, making it a priority to get town halls back on. But she hasn't heard yet from United Illuminating, a utility that powers a much smaller part of the state.

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4:43 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

What Will Sandy Mean for Election Day in Connecticut?

Photo by Chion Wolf

It's too early to tell how Hurricane Sandy will affect elections in Connecticut next Tuesday but as WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, that hasn't stopped officials from thinking about a plan B.

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5:16 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Young Adults Still Use Libraries As E-Readers, Smartphones Reign Supreme

Photo by Chion Wolf

Young people still go to public libraries according to a recent study by Pew Research Center.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, teens continue to visit libraries despite the popularity of using digital devices to consume media. 

The Pew study found that sixty percent of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 use their local library. In a traditional sense, libraries offer printed materials and special programming for patrons.  Some libraries even have teen librarians on staff. But that's not always possible depending on budget constraints.

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Dalai Lama
12:01 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

14th Dalai Lama Visits Connecticut

By Peggy Stewart, courtesy of WCSU

3500 people traveled to Western Connecticut State University's campus in Danbury  Thursday afternoon to hear his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. The school worked in partnership with the Tibetan Buddhist Center in Redding to host his visit. 

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the spiritual leader of Tibet shared his thoughts on finding inner peace within oneself.

People streamed through the doors of the university's O'Neill Center to listen to the Dalai Lama talk about the art of compassion.

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6:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Thousands To Hear 14th Dalai Lama Speak in Connecticut

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Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will welcome 3500 visitors Thursday and Friday as the campus hosts a visit from his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

The spiritual leader of Tibet and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has spent much of his life traveling the world, speaking about values like compassion and decency.

The Dalai Lama will spend two days in Connecticut after Western Connecticut State University extended the invitation to speak here in partnership with the Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in nearby Redding.

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5:13 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Legislators Asked to Strengthen Protections for Disabled

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Advocates for victims of sexual assault want legislators to strengthen protections for those with disabilities. 

Recently the state Supreme Court ruled 4 to 3, agreeing with an Appellate court decision to release a man convicted of raping a young woman with severe disabilities. The reason? 

The two sexual assault charges against Richard Fourtin state that a victim was physically helpless at the time of the alleged assault. The justices said prosecutors did not provide the evidence needed to prove the victim was uncommunicative or unconscious at the time.

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Coming Home Project
4:37 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Battle Continues Over Yellow Ribbons on Litchfield Green

Yellow ribbons are back on the town green in Litchfield after being taken down recently by a group that oversees the historic district. The ribbons, which show support of the military, were removed in late summer by the borough warden and burgesses. The members voted to take four of them down without telling town residents who have maintained the ribbons, specifically the families of servicemembers. No reason was given.

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4:46 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Jennifer Jaff: Longtime Advocate for Chronically Ill Passes Away

Courtesy of Advocates for Patients with Chronic Illness

Advocates for those with serious health issues are mourning the loss of an attorney who worked for years on their behalf. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, Jennifer Jaff died unexpectedly late last week. 

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12:46 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

"Bill W" The Man Behind Alcoholics Anonymous

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Most people have heard of "AA" or Alcoholics Anonymous.  The international program is credited with helping thousands of alcoholics recover from their addiction. It's membership totals two million worldwide.

But not many outside of AA know about the man who co-founded the organization. His name was Bill Wilson. A documentary about him opens Friday in New Haven at  Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Co-Producer and Director of the film, Kevin Hanlon.  More about the film can be found here: 

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Coming Home Project
3:36 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

A Living Memorial to Connecticut's Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

To date, 63 men and women from Connecticut have died while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A small group of Connecticut residents are working to create a living memorial to these service members. It will be called the Connecticut Trees of Honor, and the planned site is in Middletown's Veterans Memorial Park.

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Coming Home Project
6:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

A Bill To Help Veterans Targeted By For-Profit Schools

Photo by Chion Wolf

Congressman Joe Courtney has sponsored a bill that could help veterans who are in school or planning to enroll using the Post 9-11 GI bill. The legislation would change how education funding is classified from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

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5:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

More People Without Lawyers in Civil and Family Court

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Some needing legal help find that their only option is to represent themselves 

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West Nile Virus
5:26 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Biggest Outbreak of West Nile Virus Since 1999

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There's been a dramatic increase of West Nile Virus cases nationwide in just one week. The number of people who tested positive has increased to more than 1100. The federal Centers for Disease Control says its the largest outbreak ever seen in the country with at least forty-one deaths.

Ted Andreadis is the chief medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.  Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, he says there have been two human cases of West Nile Virus so far in the state.

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invasive insect
1:36 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Quarantine in New Haven County to Prevent Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

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Connecticut has a new, destructive resident that most likely is here to stay. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer has caused state officials to impose a quarantine in one part of Connecticut.

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immigrant rights
3:48 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Immigrant Rights Groups in CT, Nation Prepare for August 15

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In June, the federal government announced a rule change that would allow some illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the date to apply for deferred action is coming up, prompting immigrant rights groups nationwide to get ready.

Congress has yet to pass The Dream Act, a federal law that would allow children brought to this country by their parents to apply for U.S citizenship. 

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Lobster Harvest
2:21 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Depleted Long Island Sound Lobster Harvest Hurts Commercial Industry

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Environmental advocates and Connecticut lobstermen are calling on state and federal lawmakers to do more to restore the health of Long Island Sound. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the state's commercial lobster industry has been hit hard by a severely depleted lobster harvest.

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4:52 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

A White Bison Calf Brings Many to Small Goshen Farm

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Millions of bison used to roam parts of the U.S. more than two centuries ago. Once close to extinction, the commercial meat market has brought back the bison to farms in many states including Connecticut. In Goshen, a five-week old calf is getting a lot of attention since the day he was born. WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil has the story

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6:22 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Bridgeport Employers Lead State in Foreign Worker Visas

Employers in cities across the country are requesting visas for high skilled foreign workers. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the demand has increased in the last decade according to the Brookings Institution.

This is the first time a report has looked at the local demand for foreign workers who receive H1-B visas to legally work in the U.S.

Senior Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution, Jill Wilson says the visa is widely requested by employers across the U.S not just those in the Silicon valley or NYC.

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Coming Home Project
6:12 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Attorney Seeks to Improve Claims Process for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma


A Connecticut attorney testified before Congress Wednesday on ways to improve the claims process for veterans who've been sexually assaulted while in the military. 

When veterans are raped or sexually assaulted while in the service, it's called military sexual trauma or MST.

The Department of Defense estimates more than 19,000 sexual assaults happened in 2010, but it's a problem that's often under-reported.

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Human Trafficking
5:37 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Teens Take Human Trafficking Campaign to I-95

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Students from Norwalk are raising awareness about human trafficking in an unusual way. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, they're taking their campaign to rest areas on Interstate 95.

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4:17 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

CSI: From TV To The Classroom

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It may be summer break but some high school science teachers from Connecticut and as far away as Thailand are in class this week to learn more about forensic science.  According to the University of New Haven which is running the training program, there's more demand for schools to offer courses in forensics.

For more details, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Steven Shiner.  He's the director of training at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven.

The school has been running the program since 2005.

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Coming Home Project
6:27 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Home That Jewett City Built

Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

Originally aired on NPR's "All Things Considered"

This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans will finally have a place to call their own thanks to the American Legion. A local Post in a small Connecticut town has been working for a decade on a unique project to create not transitional, but permanent supportive housing in their rural community. 

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Coming Home Project
12:02 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Federal Grants to Help Formerly Homeless, Incarcerated Veterans

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A Workforce Development Board in Connecticut has received almosts $450,000 from the U.S. Labor Department. The Workplace, Inc. will use the grants to help homeless veterans and those who've been incarcerated. 

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke to Joe Carbone, the President and CEO of The Workplace, Inc about the programs to help veterans. The Workplace, Inc is sharing in more than 20 million in grants from the U.S. Labor Department that were awarded nationwide.

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